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If Murray State is going to make it back into the top-25 this year, they might not have to wait for long.

The Racers didn’t make the preseason top-25, but are 4th highest in “others receiving votes,” putting them 31 votes behind a tie for 24th. Former Murray State coach Mick Cronin’s Cincinnati Bearcats are just one position higher, receiving 3 more votes than the Racers. St. Louis and Virginia Commonwealth are the other two teams receiving votes ahead of the Racers.

Mid-major’s didn’t make much of a splash as a whole, with only 5 top-25 teams, many of which include “established” names like Creighton (15th), Memphis (16th), UNLV (19th), and Gonzaga. San Diego State (20th) also made the top 25.

The top 3 teams are all regional rivals, with Indiana taking the number 1 slot, followed by Louisville and the defending national champions Kentucky coming in third. Big 10 foes Ohio State and Michigan rounded out the top 5.

Former Murray State coach Mark Gottfried’s NC State Wolfpack are No. 6 in the initial poll.

The Racers NCAA Tournament opponents last season, Colorado State and Marquette, also received votes in the initial poll, falling behind the Racers.

The entire poll is listed below

Rank School (first-place votes) 2011-12 record Points Last year’s final ranking
1 Indiana (21) 27-9 761 13
2 Louisville (5) 30-10 738 4
3 Kentucky (5) 38-2 718 1
4 Ohio State 31-8 617 3
5 Michigan 24-10 605 22
6
North Carolina State 24-13 581 20
7 Kansas 32-7 563 2
8 Duke 27-7 516 14
9 Syracuse 34-3 502 5
10 Florida 26-11 422 9
11 Arizona 23-12 411 NR
12 North Carolina 32-6 401 6
13 UCLA 19-14 396 NR
14 Michigan State 29-8 391 7
15 Creighton 29-6 325 21
16 Memphis 26-9 307 NR
17 Missouri 30-5 289 11
18 Baylor 30-8 266 8
19
UNLV 26-9 203 NR
20 San Diego State 26-8 196 NR
21 Wisconsin 26-10 191 12
22 Gonzaga 26-7 166 NR
23 Notre Dame 22-12 122 NR
24 (tie) Florida State 25-10 61 15
24 (tie) Texas 20-14 61 NR

Others receiving votes: Saint Louis (26-8) 58; Virginia Commonwealth (29-7) 40; Cincinnati (26-11) 33; Murray State (31-2) 30; Kansas State (22-11) 13; Saint Mary’s (27-6) 11; New Mexico (28-7) 10; Tennessee (19-15) 10; Minnesota (23-15) 9; Pittsburgh (22-17) 9; Marquette (27-8) 8; Stanford (26-11) 7; Butler (22-15) 6; Oklahoma State (15-18) 6; Colorado State (20-12) 4; Middle Tennessee (27-7) 3; Drexel (29-7) 2; Georgia (15-17) 2; Miami (Fla.) (20-13) 2; St. Joseph’s (20-14) 2; Marshall (21-14) 1.


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  1. I predict this will be the highest that Murray State will be all year. Granted Cannan is a great player, but the loss of Long, Poole, Aska, Muschatt, and now Jackson for some games is just way too much to overcome. They will still be a great OVC team, but nothing like they were last year and I'm sure that will be hard for a lot of people in Murray to grasp. But from the outside looking in I just do not see Murray State cracking into the top 25 this year with so much that was lost.
  2. I will have to agree with the other comment on here. Murray will have to win their tournament at the beginning of the season to crack the top 25, that would mean beating Auburn, St. John's (assuming they beat CoC) then face 18th Baylor more than likely. Loss to anyone besides Baylor will knock them down
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2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11


2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall

EAST

Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19

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UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24


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